I have a 2004 tbird. What gear should I be in for driving around town (which includes frwy going up to 70).
It has automatic trans with Park at the top, then R, N, D5 and D4 at the bottom. When
I'm driving around town (that includes frwy), should I be in 4th or 5th? Guy at dealership
says 4th, but it sounds like its laboring and the RPM's are at about 3.5 when I go faster
than 45 mph.
what does your owners manual say ? That should be the last word for trans operation unless there is a manufacturer bulletin. If a bulletin superceded the book, you would not be notified unless there was a recall and ford knew how to find you. (of course recalls are for safety) If I still had questions ? I would demonstrate the vehicle operation for the trans specialist during a road test to be sure that he/ she experienced the vehicle's operation.
D5, the car will take care of itself. D4 locks out overdrive for towing or pulling a grade.
Thanks, tbuckit, owners manual and trans man be damd, They always have a big bill for you, but when do they fix or correct or counsel? effectively, that is. I notice some of these new trans gear patterns, you can go by feel. if it feels too low to me I shift up. That 3500rpm on the hiway is sayin sumthin.
Tbukit is 100% correct. D5. HTH. -Jim
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